Submissions for the best international feature film award at the 2020 Academy Awards have started to come in and here is what we have from the region so far…
The Middle East’s Oscar submissions so far…
The lives of two vulnerable women in Casablanca — one pregnant and homeless, the other widowed and bereft — converge in this movie directed by renowned Morocco’s Maryam Touzani.
This 105-minute feature film follows the life of Nedjma, an unabashed 18-year-old who refuses to let the tragic events of the 1990’s Algerian Civil War prevent her from living a normal teenage life. The movie was directed by Mounia Meddour.
Egypt: ‘Poisonous Roses’
Egyptian film “Poisonous Roses,” directed by Faqzi Saleh, puts the spotlight on an impoverished Cairo neighborhood and the difficult life of tanners.
Tunisia: ‘Weldi’ Mohamed Ben Attia directed this film in which a Tunisian couple, whose lives revolve around their only son, is left distraught after he leaves home to join Daesh.
Palestine: ‘It Must Be Heaven’
Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman’s satirical comedy film “It Must Be Heaven”, which stars the director himself, explores the surprising parallels between his hometown and France and New York.
Iran: ‘Finding Farideh’
Co-directed by Iranian filmmakers Kourosh Ataee and Azadeh Moussavi, “Finding Farideh” tells the story of a 40-year-old woman, adopted by a Dutch family, who travels back home in search of her birth parents.